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    Looking for info on my modified 1887 saa

    This is my first saa and I am looking for any info about who converted it to a .22 and if any of it is original. I have a colt letter that said it was nickel and had ivory grips when it was delivered to Texas in 1888. Both of the s/n are the same on the bottom.The gun shoots great. Thanks for the help
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    I really like it! It was made about four years before my .22 converted New Model #3 Target Model was. I wish I could help you on who converted it. I bought mine from the grandson of the guy who modified mine in the 20s.


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    Nice Colt. Do you still shoot it ?

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    The frame is most likely original. Also, the back-strap and trigger-guard are probably original.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnnyS View Post
    Nice Colt. Do you still shoot it ?
    The New Model #3 is a S&W.

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    It could have been any number of people. Other than the barrel and cylinder linings, and the firing pin change, it looks original.

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    Looks like someone sleeved the barrel and cylinder and changed out the hammer and probably cut a slot for the rimfire in the hammer slot cut out.

    Did it ship as a 4-3/4" and what dealer did it ship to?
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    Yes it was a 4 3/4 barrel and it was shipped to J.B. Mitchell Company Corpus Christi Texas. It was a 45/c. Thank you for the help I just started to collect single action revolves.
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    That is a great shipping point. Can’t you imagine what it looked like the day it arrived in corpus with those ivories?
    I’m guessing there is a stock pin in the triggerguard because it probably left the factory with 2 piece ivories. One piece grips would have normally been phased out about 6 years earlier. They should have done the conversion to a Simmons shipped gun and left the corpus shipped gun alone!
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    Y'know, I bet no one cared...

    It was an old Colt that was handy, and was cheap, and if the conversion didn't work out right, there were plenty more available.

    When this sort of thing was done, these hadn't reached any real level of collector interest, like they have today, and factory letters were few and far between.
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